This year we have four places open on our specially designed ‘Monasteries in Dolpo’ expedition to Far West Nepal where the remote valleys are home to ancient pre-Buddhist monasteries, and prayer flags flutter from the trees. Walk slowly through the mountains, sleep under the stars and sit in and thousands of years old prayer ceremonies.
Bespoke Nepal is a small eco-travel company with one foot in Rutland, UK and the other in Nepal. Set up with the intention of providing unique, tailor-made expeditions and travels to this amazing country. We aim to minimise our eco-footprint as much as possible and contribute to Nepal’s economy through tourism and travel, and we are mindful that this is especially important at the local level.
~ The Trip ~
Our fully-catered expedition (with mule-train - all you’ll have to carry is a day pack!) will guide you through landscapes dominated by deep valleys and high plateaus, cliffs, caves and pristine crystal clear mountain rivers, all set against the white peaks of the Himalaya.
We will be visiting ancient Bon Monasteries that sit in the hidden valley in Dolpa, once we reach here after 6 days walk you will have the chance to sit in at the prayer ceremonies and even talk to the locals. The monasteries date back thousands of years and there are traditions practiced there today as they were thousands of years ago.
On certain days we'll walk with a gap between each of us to give the chance to be alone with the spectacular scenery. On certain evenings after the days walk we'll be happy to sit and practice some gentle yoga and pranayamas. Every night you'll go back to the same tent and be asleep under the stars. Every morning you'll be woken up with bed-tea. Once back in Kathmandu you'll be staying in a luxury hotel with the option of a Nepali Massage.
We’d love you to join us on this year’s expedition. For more information on this trip and others, please contact Grace.
Day 1: arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Sightseeing in Bhaktapur. Flight to Nepalganj in the evening
Day 3: Flight to Juphal, beginning of trek (4hrs)
Day 4: Trek (4hrs)
Day 5: Trek (4/5hrs)
Day 6: Trek (6/7 hrs)
Day 7: Trek (6/7 hrs)
Day 8: Trek arrive at Monasteries (5/6 hrs)
Day 9: Rest Day - optional day hikes & prayer ceremonies & your own thing
Day 10: Rest Day - optional day hikes & prayer ceremonies & your own thing
Day 11: Trek (6/7 hrs)
Day 12: Trek (6/7 hrs)
Day 13:Optional Rest Day at hot springs
Day 14: Trek (6/7hrs)
Day 15: Trek and Arrive at Juphal (6/7hrs)
Day 16: Flight to Nepalgunj and Kathmandu
Day 17: Sightseeing Temples, Shopping, departure in the evening
Accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing/double basis.
Stay in Bhaktapur at a 4* hotel
Stay in Kathmandu at a luxury hotel
The whole trek will be fully tented, with a team to set everything up for you upon arrival. Your backpack will be in your tent waiting for you. There will be a dining tent for evening meals and breakfast. On certain days we may have the opportunity of a hot lunch in the dining tent, but mostly packed-lunches.
Arrival on 1st October in the evening - pick up from airport
Departure on 17th October in the evening - drop off at airport
Bespoke Nepal will be with you every step of the way, from one-one planning and advice pre-departure to being your expedition leaders on the trail. You will have one female and one male leader on the trip, who are both also certified yoga instructors from the Pashupatinath school of Yoga.
You will be in capable hands, Udaya takes care of everything on the ground, he is ex-military with extensive connections across Nepal, there is no better person to guide you into the mountains! Grace takes care of everything behind the scenes, from emails and booking, to advice with flights, vaccinations, to what to pack.
“Go to Nepal, a land which will force you to reassess your views on mountains, mountain life and mountain people. The Himalayas encompasses bits of all the other mountains you may have encountered in the Northern Hemisphere and thus you’d be excused if you believed you were in familiar surroundings. This will change when the altitude will deliver its punches and smack you with both its strength and different kind of beauty. While in Nepal you should do it all: trekking across high mountain passes, embark on some climbing expedition, get on some jungle jeep safaris or choose the adventurous motorbike rides from the hustle of Kathmandu or the peaceful Pokhara deep into the high valleys, across suspended bridges and up onto some of the high mountain plateaus peeking into the rare aired Tibet. Don’t forget about rafting down some awesome white waters or flying close to the mighty Everest in the comfort of charter planes or better of choose to fly the open featherlike microlights fully exposed to the size and scents of those awesome mountains and valleys. If you were trekking stay clear of the beaten track and avoid the busy routes such as Everest or Annapurna areas and choose instead tourist free areas such as the Dolpo region in the far west where valleys such as Jumla offer you an insight of the difficult but yet cultural rich farming life which still means so much in that part of the world. Make an effort and dedicate at least 20 days to a Nepalese adventure and if you wish to make each one count look for the amazing local team lead by Udaya and Takeshi at Bespoke Nepal. They’ll make sure you will sample all the sensorial delights this fantasy land has to offer. And do ask them to add their best men, Rajeev in the mix. He will nicely round up your experience by crafting new meanings for hospitality and friendship – the Nepali versions. You will eventually depart Nepal having learned two very important words Namaste and Bistare. They’re equally important. One will bring a smile on everyone’s face and open all doors while the other will teach you the true meaning of this experience…patience. Thank you Nepal. See you again.”
Tavi Bota 2015
“Myself and a friend trekked the Everest Basecamp trail with Udaya as part of a 2 week trip. A truly fantastic experience in a beautiful and magical country. I have to say that the experience was made richer through the knowledge and connections which Udaya brought. Everywhere we went we were connected to a personal welcome that let us see Nepal in a way that ordinary commercial tourists don’t. If you want to visit Nepal and be guaranteed a genuine (and ethical) experience I would recommend you travel with Udaya.”
Simon Roberts 2005
“In 1992 Udaya Thapa took me to the roof of the world and introduced me to a passion for trekking and expeditions that continues to this day. He is a true gentlemen with a zest for life, an inclusive wit and a depth of character unmatched in others. But, be warned, he will introduce you to a cultural experience that will remain forever etched in your memories and laughter lines that will remind you everyday of how it feels to be alive. “
Includes: Sherpa, Chef, porter, bed tea, three meals per day, afternoon tea and snacks, camping equipment, staff insurance, internal flight tickets, national park entry permits, transport to and from trail head, hotel in Kathmandu before and after trek.
Excludes: Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, client insurance and international flights